The Perfumed Garden by Sheikh Nefzaoui

Translation by Richard F. Burton

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Sheikh Nefzaoui wrote the Persian classic, the Perfumed Garden, sometime between the end of the fourteenth century and the middle of the sixteenth century CE. It draws heavily on the celebrate Indian love manuals like the Kama Sutra for its sexual technique. But it shows great originality in the marvelous stories that illustrate the battle of the sexes. Merge some laughter with your loving as you read these erotic tales reminiscent of the 1001 Arabian Nights.


Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) and Foster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot (1833-1901) co-founded the secret Kama Shastra Society of London, England and Benares, India in 1876, at least partly so they could have a vehicle to get their erotic works published. They published the Perfumed Garden in 1886 for private circulation only to subscribing members of the Kama Shastra Society. Today, we offer you the full version of the Burton translation for free.



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If you like the Perfumed Garden you'll probably also enjoy Burton's translation of the erotic Indian love manuals the Kama Sutra and Ananga Ranga.